COLUMBUS, Ohio Thirty-six current and former Ohio State student-athletes will receive degrees at winter commencement ceremonies Sunday in St. John Arena. Highlighting the group, which includes student-athletes from 15 sports, are NCAA champions, All-Americans and Academic All-Americans.
J Jaggers, a senior on the wrestling team, secured his place in Buckeye wrestling history Saturday, becoming just the third student-athlete to win two national titles. Jaggers won his second-consecutive crown in the 141-pound division as the Buckeyes placed second for the second year in a row. Jaggers captured his second-consecutive title at 141 pounds, downing No. 8 Ryan Williams of Old Dominion, 10-4. He is a three-time All-American and four-time NCAA qualifier.
Men’s gymnast Pejman Ebrahimi received his bachelor’s degree in business finance. The 2007 NCAA vault champion suffered a serious neck injury last January and came back to compete this year.
Football standouts James Laurinaitis and Brian Robiskie both decided to return for their senior seasons and help the football Buckeyes claim their fourth-consecutive Big Ten title and Bowl Champions Series bid as team captains. In addition to becoming Ohio State’s first three-time consensus All-American, Laurinaitis was named the Ronnie Lott Trophy winner for college football’s impact player of the year and also earned the Lowes Senior C.L.A.S.S. award as the nation’s most-outstanding senior student-athlete relative to excellence in the classroom, character and community, as well as competition on the field. He earned his degree in 3 years. Robiskie continued his excellence on and off the field. He again was the Buckeyes’ leading receiver and was named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American for the second year in a row and was a finalist for the Draddy Trophy, receiving an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship.
Rower Gabriele Albertaviciute was a two-time first-team All-American (2007, ’08), just the third Buckeye to be so honored. She also was a two-time first team All-Central Region honoree and first-team All-Big Ten choice and ended her career as a three-time All-Big Ten recipient after earning second-team honors in 2006. Albertaviciute also excelled in the classroom, as she was named a CRCA National Scholar-Athlete, Academic All-Big Ten honoree and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Women’s volleyball middle blocker Danielle Meyer was an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team selection as a senior after earning second-team honors in 2006. She is a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and was a thre-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. A three-time All-Big Ten selection, Meyer finished her career ranked second in points (2,131.5), total blocks (479) and assist blocks (417) and third in kills (1,760).
Drew Eberly of the men’s tennis team was named an All-American in doubles as a senior and ended his career tied for first place in the Buckeye record books for career doubles wins (118).
Kristen Slahor of the women’s lacrosse team was a third-team All-American as a senior when she overtook the all-time Ohio State scoring record, ousting Megan Mirick with 221 career points. She led the NCAA in assists as a senior and was fourth in the country in scoring, earning first team All-American Lacrosse League honors.
A link to the complete list of the 2009 Winter Quarter graduates is above.